Provencal markets have been going eco green as France tries to put an end to food waste. Travellers and tourists can also do their bit to help. Eat ugly vege, recycle glass jars and be a chic bag lady. France passed a law in December to reduce the estimated 7 million tonnes of food wastedContinue reading “Provencal markets go green”
I get excited about Provençal markets the way other people get excited about Louboutin and Chanel. While they gasp over the perfect jacket or shoes with a shiny red-lacquered sole, I swoon at the sight of pumpkins, sheep cheese and cabbage plants. I’m missing out on haute couture and they’re missing nature’s bounty while our fragile planetContinue reading “Provençal markets take the cake”
It’s exactly 300 years since these 40 acres on the baking hot floor of the Rhône Valley were first settled for the purpose of producing wine. In 1715 the Granier family decided this was a good spot, and planted vines. I’m in the Château Les Quatre Filles vineyard in the south of the valley. FromContinue reading “300 years of Wine O’Clock in the Rhône”
I was shopping for veges at an Athens urban produce market and in my dodgy Greek I asked for a hot dude, not a lettuce. If you’re travelling through a foreign language country, or spending some time living there, do you learn the language, at least some useful phrases? Or do you assume English willContinue reading “What are the hardest languages to learn?”
How to find the best bread in France – get up early and join the line at a boulangerie. Don’t forget weekly markets have brilliant artisan breads too.
Artist Julian Merrow-Smith runs inspiring week-long painting workshops in his divine corner of Provence. Artists come from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Here’s the lowdown.
Produce markets are yummy places for children to learn about Mother Earth’s bounty, and Aix-en-Provence markets are particularly berry delicious.
One day Peter Mayle came home to find Japanese tourists in his Provence swimming pool. He moved, somewhere near the village of Gordes but I can’t say precisely where.
Well hello, it’s Jesus standing next to the reception desk. Welcome to Hotel Gounod in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, possibly one of the quirkiest hotels in the world, and a glorious shrine to kitsch.
A photographic exhibition dedicated to the life of Princess Grace of Monaco, in the historic village of Les Baux de Provence, is a poignant reminder of how much she was loved.